An antiquated vision of a food bank might invite imagery of a dark warehouse and dented cans with torn labels nearing their expiration date. However, the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano has flipped what a food bank is, inviting education, recipes, and fresh produce to the narrative. The Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano provides fresh food and is working diligently to end hunger in Contra Costa County and Solano County. Today, with incredible uncertainty in the economy, the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano plays an even larger role in fighting hunger in our community. Learn more about the food bank, its mission, how you can help and where you can access fresh fruits and vegetables for your family through their Community Produce Program
The Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano County
The Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano covers Contra Costa and Solano counties. The food bank is considered an Essential Business and will remain open and committed to providing access to fresh foods during this uncertain period. The food bank was founded in 1975 and stores and distributes fresh and non-perishable foods directly to low-income people at community sites. They also ensure food is available to people who are served by other non-profits. According to their website, their goal is to reduce food waste, feed hungry people, and raise public awareness of issues related to food and hunger.
COVID-19 crisis, the Food Bank reported that 1 in 8 people within Contra Costa and Solano counties depend on the Food Bank for emergency and supplemental food. With the radical increase in people out of work and students not attending a brick-and-mortar school, these numbers are assumed to increase. Community members of great concern include children, seniors, and individuals who work, but do not earn enough to keep food on the table consistently.
Locations for Community Produce Program
We provide 15-20 pounds of FREE fresh produce to low-income families and individuals twice a month. Please bring two bags with handles. Chose 1 location from the cities below.
- Antioch Health Center, 2335 Country Hills Dr, Antioch, 2nd & 4th Monday, 10:00-11:00am
- Salvation Army-Antioch, 620 E. Tregallas Rd, Antioch, 2nd & 4th Wednesday, 12:00-1:00pm
- Jubilee Christian Center, 11 Texas St, Antioch, 2nd & 4th Wednesday, 2:00-3:00pm
- Mission Elementary, 1711 Mission Dr, Antioch, 2nd & 4th Wednesday, 4:00-5:00pm
- Antioch Kinder Care, 2300 Mahogany Way, Antioch 2nd & 4th Thursday, 4:00-5:00pm
- CalFresh Office (EHSD), 4545 Delta Fair Blvd, Antioch, 1st & 3rd Friday, 11:00am-12:30pm
- St, Ignatius Antioch, 3351 Contra Loma Blvd, Antioch, 1st & 3rd Friday, 3:30-4:30pm
- Holy Rosary, 1313 A St, Antioch, 1st & 3rd Friday, 1:30-3:00pm
- Antioch High School, 700 W. 18th St, Antioch, 2nd & 4th Saturday, 10:00-11:00am
- Carmen Dragon Elementary, 4721 Vista Grande Dr, Antioch, 2nd & 4th Saturday, 12:00-1:00pm
- Marsh Elementary, 2304 G St, Antioch, 2nd & 4th Saturday, 2:00-3:00pm
- West River Town Apartments, 811 W. 4th St, Antioch, 2nd & 4th Sunday, 2:30-3:30pm
- Immaculate Heart of Mary, 500 Fairview Ave, Brentwood, 2nd & 4th Tuesday, 12:00-1:00pm
- The Commons, 53 Carol Ln, Oakley, 2nd & 4th Tuesday, 2:00-3:00pm
- Brentwood Community UMC, 218 Pine St, Brentwood, 2nd & 4th Tuesday, 4:00-5:00pm
- New Covenant Church, 6080 Bethel Island Rd, Bethel Island, 1st & 3rd Sunday, 1:00-2:00pm
- The Dwelling Place Church, 90 Village Dr, Brentwood, 1st & 3rd Sunday, 3:00-4:00pm
- Buchanan Park, 4150 Harbor St, Pittsburg, 1st & 3rd Tuesday, 12:00-1:00pm
- Pittsburg City Park, 167 N. Parkside Dr (near the baseball fields), Pittsburg, 1st & 3rd Tuesday, 2:00-3:00pm
- First Baptist Family Life Center, 224 Linda Vista, Pittsburg, 1st & 3rd Thursday, 11:30am-12:30pm
- WIC Pittsburg, 2311 Loveridge Rd, Pittsburg, 1st & 3rd Thursday, 1:30-3:00pm
- The Pentecostals, 310 Central Ave, Pittsburg, 2nd & 4th Thursday, 12:00-1:00pm
- Solomon Temple, 655 California Ave, Pittsburg, 2nd & 4th Thursday, 2:00-3:00pm
- El Pueblo Housing Development, 875 El Pueblo Ave, Pittsburg, 2nd & 4th Sunday, 12:30-1:30pm
Here is a map of all East Contra Costa Community Produce Locations:
Programs Offered By the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano County
The Food Bank has an incredible variety of programs that support the community. In fact, the Food Bank reports they rely on more than 1,000 volunteers every month, with a staff over 70 people, a large fleet of trucks, and two facilities over 70,000 square feet to procure, store and distribute food and grocery items. The once key factor that each method of disbursement has is that food is provided directly to people in need. Some of the core programs include
- The College Pantry Program
- Community Produce Program
- Extra Helpings
- Food Assistance Program
- Farm 2 Kids
- Food For Children
- Harvest To Home
- Mobile Food Pharmacy
- School Pantry Program
- Senior Food Program
- Food Bank Partnerships
Where Does the Food Come From?
Food the Food Bank distributes comes from several avenues. First, donations are imperative to keep the Food Bank operational. Manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, food drivers, gardens, farms and, individual donations keep the food bank stocked. Fresh produce comes from a partnership with the California Association of Food Banks. The Emergency Food Assistance Program, the federal emergency food program, the USDA also provide food sources, as well as processing and packaging for the Food Bank to disperse.
With monetary donations, the Food Bank purchases food in bulk to supplement the donated products and ensure products that are most in-demand are available to the people who need them most. Items purchased include lentils, whole grains, low-sodium alternatives, and high protein items. The Food Bank knows that without the monetary support of the public, they could not do their job. They understand they can provide for so many people because of the widespread support.
Leadership at the Food Bank of Contra Contra Costa and Solano know the only way they can continue to support people who struggle to meet basic nutritional needs is with help. The various ways you can help include
- Making a 1-time monetary donation
- Making a monthly monetary donation
- Donating food
- Supporting the Food Bank by staying connecting and learning what the Food Bank is doing and how they need support
The term may seem a bit cliche and overused, however, the current state of affairs is unprecedented. The economy has come to a halt and the new “normal” is yet to be seen. What is clear is that food is imperative. Access to food for yourself, your family and your neighbors will help keep people healthy and strong. Although you may have never needed to access food before, the key is understanding that the Food Bank is here to help. Whether it is once or becomes a regular avenue for you, these programs exist to ensure you can keep food on the table.
The first step is to visit the Get Food page on the Food Bank’s website. If you click on the city you are in, you will see which Food Bank programs are available. For example, if you are in the Brentwood, Oakley, Antioch area, you will be presented with
- The Community Produce Program that visits five locations throughout the month where you can access fresh fruits and veggies. You can get between 15-20 pounds of fresh produce up to twice a month. The Food Bank asks that you bring two bags with handles.
- The Food Assistance Program: With ID and proof of address, you can get free groceries once a month for low-income individuals and families
- Food For Children: Receive boxes of free food monthly for children aged 4-6 years old. You must bring picture ID and proof of address and proof of children’s birthdays.
- Senior Food Program: Free groceries twice a month to low-income individuals 55 and older. One senior per household can receive food.
To get dates, locations and times, click on the link and it will bring you to an updated Food Bank site.
Learn More about the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano
The best way to learn how you can help, or how you can get help from the Food Bank of Contra Costa County is to visit their website regularly. With the changing dynamics of our community, more people may need new options to keep food on the table. The Food Bank has been providing access to healthy food for people in our community for 40 years. The Food Bank is committed to providing food during this crisis. Visit the Food Bank website to learn more.